Relaxing with Nature Does a Body Good


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In order to cope with pain or health difficulties, one must take care of their mind and body. Whenever I am outside in nature, I feel restored. Natural surroundings make us feel better, and this is more than just a personal opinion.

Nature Busts Stress

In a study by Kjellgren and Buhrkall, people suffering from stress were recommended to take a half-hour walk in nature. The participants felt more connected to nature after relaxing for 30 minutes while watching nature simulations, in comparison with other participants who relaxed indoors for 30 minutes while watching nature simulations. Stress was reduced equally by real and simulated nature, according to researchers. Relaxing au natural can be energizing and restorative. It has been claimed that walking in virtual forests can have similar pain-relieving effects as morphine even when they are simulated.

Mood And Reflection Improved With Nature

Stress can sometimes be caused by feeling overwhelmed by a person’s issues and problems. Nature can also help in this area. According to researchers Mayers, Bruehlman-Senecal, and Dolliver, exposure to nature can improve the ability to reflect on problems. For fifteen minutes, participants watched video simulations of natural, urban, and simulated nature settings. Nature (both real and virtual) induced more positive emotions and connections to people (both real and virtual).

Vitality Comes From Being Exposed To Nature

In addition to enhancing vitality, nature enhances a person’s sense of well-being. Weinstein and colleagues define vitality as a combination of physical and mental energy. Having a feeling of aliveness, energy, and calmness. In addition to being vitalizing, getting outside in nature has many benefits.

Preventative Health Through Green Spaces

It is beneficial to live within 3 kilometers of green spaces to alleviate the negative health effects of stressful life events (physical and mental). It seems that nature buffers stress. It is not a concern that some people live far from green spaces. In addition to the wilderness, which has been discussed in this post, simulated wilderness can also be helpful.

You Need Nature To Nurture Your Life

Chronic health conditions can be accompanied by stress, exhaustion, and a low mood. Research-based remedies that soothe the mind and body are welcome in the arsenal of pain management. Whenever possible, spend time outdoors in nature. It is possible for city dwellers to experience nature even in parks. When the weather is bad or you are bedridden, you can still benefit from simulating nature.

References

  • Kjellgren, A., & Buhrkall, H. (2010). A comparison of the restorative effect of a natural environment with that of a simulated natural environment Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30 (4), 464-472 DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2010.01.011
  • Mayer, F., Frantz, C., Bruehlman-Senecal, E., & Dolliver, K. (2009). Why Is Nature Beneficial? Environment and Behavior, 41 (5), 607-643. DOI: 10.1177/0013916508319745
  • Ryan, R., Weinstein, N., Bernstein, J., Brown, K., Mistretta, L., & Gagné, M. (2010). Vitalizing effects of being outdoors and in nature. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30, 159-168. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2009.10.009
  • van den Berg, A., Maas, J., Verheij, R., & Groenewegen, P. (2010). Green space as a buffer between stressful life events and health. Social Science & Medicine, 70 (8), 1203-1210. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.01.002

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